The PWA office-gallery is hosting the artwork of Damariscotta artist Marnie Sinclair. Her show of sculptures and mixed media pieces is called “Magical Adaptations in Nature.” The opening reception for Sinclair at the PWA office-gallery will be Friday, June 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sinclair will give a short environmental talk at the reception and will have her book “Balance & Imbalance: A Celebration of Nature and a Call to Action” on sale.
Sinclair is a process artist who uses nature as her primary inspiration. She grew up in the tropics and spent a great deal of her youth studying the lush flora and fauna that surrounded her Cuban home. Sinclair’s interest in and love of the environment, with all its creatures, continued on into adulthood; she has combined scientifically researched stories with interpretative art.
“For eight years, my passion has been to understand the balance and imbalance found in nature,” said Sinclair. “My initial research started with climate change and environmental degradation, which threaten the perfect magical adaptations found in multiple species and their habitats. The amazing symbiosis, texture, patterns, colors, and camouflage that has insured species survival and sustainable environments are now in jeopardy.
“The unfolding stories are not only fascinating but often overwhelming,” she said. “In order for me to maintain my own balance, I found that I needed to use my art as a counterbalance to the often scary news. Each researched story tickled my imagination by taking on a visual form which I used to inspire an aesthetic interpretation. I hope that the viewer finds the same buffer of comfort in the often playful work that I discovered while making it.”
Sinclair pointed out that “most of the work in this show is about the xtraordinary evolution found in species that have managed to live in perfect harmony with each other and their habitats … My hope is that by seeing the amazing variety of creatures that exists all around us in nature we will appreciate their stunning characteristics and work to protect them for future generations.”
Sinclair’s art exhibit can be viewed weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by visiting PWA’s office at 584 Main St. in Damariscotta. The show will be up through Friday, July 13.